VPI HW19 mk IV
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They have a Brand new un opened REGA RP6 with Exact Cartridge and the upgraded power supply for $1500 on this site right now! That is a awesome deal! I might buy it myself ROFL. Ask anyone you cant go wrong with a REGA they are solid, great sounding, reliable and simple to use. and they make very very fine tone arms.
I tend to agree with the upgrade route as a viable option. I have a 150 mkII. I went out to listen to tables recently for possible replacement and decided that I would have to spend at least double what your budget is to see significant differences across the board. The used VPI and the new RP6 sounds intriguing, but the $1500 suggested upgrades would probably get you the most bang for your dollar. My 2 cents.
Wow, so many options.
WRT upgrading, a number of years ago I upgraded to a Rega RB250 arm, added a heavier plinth, and spent a lot of time tweaking the suspension. Results were very good indeed.
However, I have recently developed a loud hum in the right channel, for no apparent reason. The arm and motor circuit do not share a ground, which I think they did in the original setup. But why the sudden change, I wonder.
In any case, I figure I have so many miles on that motor that it wasn't worth finding someone who could do a full recon for me. I was just going to fool with it myself and see if I could get rid of the hum. Plus, I managed to break the lift tab off the tone arm while I fiddled with the internal wiring.
I guess I'll keep look and keep fiddling. Thanks for all the suggestions.
Btw......if your only worried about 5 he motor in your current rig why not just buy a spare at well under 100. Fixing your ground problem is easy and shouldn't cost much or take much time.
Then, instead, upgrade you phono section or cartridge with the remaining 1400. That will go along way in upgrading your sound.
A totally tweaked out 150 will out perform any of the above mentioned tables and make them sound like broken toys. Well, okay, that is a bit of a hyperbole but, really, it will sound better. Honestly, you would have to spend way more than 1500 to improve upon your current rig.
You know, Raymonda, you're right. I've been a big baby about this. There are a number of combinations discussed in the manual that I did not try for grounding options. And the motor is fine now anyway.
You've inspired me to not give up on my 150. I might even pick up a few more LPs just to add to my motivation.
I wonder if I should upgrade from the original, non-polarized power cord.
Thanks all for the discussion.
Sota Satellite (w/out arm)
Funk Firm Flamenca
Pro-ject 2 Xperience
All in your price range of $1,500.00
The best bang for the buck would have to be the Marantz Reference Series TT-15S1 (Basically a Clearaudio built to Marantz specs)
Âincludes moving magnet cartridge with ebony base
Ânon-servo AC motor with endless silicone belt drive
Âhigh-density acrylic chassis and platter
Âstraight aluminum tone arm
Âthree solid adjustable aluminum support feet
Â"Clever Clamp" by Souther Engineering
The guys at Crutchfield are selling this wonderful TT for $1499.99 including free shipping and lifetime tech support.
Acoustic Signature WOW for a little more ($1,995.00) may be last turntable you'll ever buy.
Good luck and happy listening!
The tweaked out Thorens 150 wipes the floor with four out of the six tables you listed. I can't speak for either the Funk, or the Acoustic Signature, having never listened to them.
However, being very in tune with what the Thorens can do against the others, purchasing many of them may well be a down grade.
Same here Raymonda, never listened to the Thorens TD 150 so I cannot comment on its sound qualities. Seems to have been well engineered and very similar to the Sondek LP12 in appearance.
I'm curious as to which four? I'm guessing RP6, Traveler, Concept, and Xperience?
A friend of mine has the new Satellite and it sounds MUCH better than the entry level Comet and it can hold its ground against much more expensive TTs.
Marantz has a quiet, steady, reliable motor, a more than decent tonearm, and KILLER cart for the money.
The WOW is in another league, comparable to TTs costing much more and almost as good as Well Tempered Amadeus and Townshend Rock 7. Dead quiet, rock solid.
Upgrading the tonearm and armboard and adding the MH CC2 sounds like the right way to go if you decide to keep the Thorens.
"purchasing many of them may well be a down grade". Not sure if I completely agree with your comment. As good as the Thorens may have been 44 years ago, new advance in technology may (or may not) place some of the models mentioned over the Thorens.
Maybe you're right, who knows :-)
Ricardo, I think that is a wise choice. If it is convenient, take some of your favorite albums out to a dealer and listen to some of the new tables just to prove that you are not missing out. Even with unfamiliar gear and speakers, vinyl is such a tactile medium that I found it reasonably easy to hear strengths and weaknesses of different tables, and decide if they were going to do it for me or not. So far I didn't hear that south of $5K.
One note, I recently moved my listening space into a new room with a concrete floor and 300 tons of crushed rock underneath it (long story for another time). While waiting for shelving to go in, I set my Thorens up on the floor. OMG, the bass was unreal with just the stock rubber feat directly on that foundation. I tried spiking it, putting my large wood platform in, but all that did was shift the weight of the sound to higher frequencies. Considering taking it back off the shelf and returning to floor. I highly recommend 300 ton platform for this sprung table - LOL